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Graycat Inactive Member23 Dec 2016 8:37 a.m. PST

Okay, trying to figure this out, balancing between what the people who pay me (no, I don't know who that is!) and Federal law. My checks come from a subcontractor to a subcontractor. My technical status is 'temp'. Okay, I was told my 'temp' status was 90 days probation. My reading of Federal law (and idiot's guide to labor law, admittedly) says Temps aren't subject to probation. It was made clear to me on hiring that I was on probation. You can be a Temp up to one year without any benefits, but a specific date of employment status has to be set. Can I insist on full time status, or will that just allow them to arbitrarily 'end my contract' (next week is the 90 day limit). The job is not seasonal, though it may depend on market requirements.

Personal logo Waco Joe Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2016 9:28 a.m. PST

There is a radio station around here that plays a little snippet that basically goes, "before arguing with your boss make sure your horse is saddled and your browser cache is cleared." Are your skills such that you can easily transition to a new job? Single? married? Kids? etc. Lots of variables.

Personally I would hold out another 90 days and see what the new administration will bring to the Texas economy assuming you are still in Texas. Perhaps you can bring it up with your boss in a non ultimatum sounding way. I bottle of Jack to start the new year maybe? wink

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2016 12:47 p.m. PST

Given that Ranstad is a staffing company with all sorts
of companies with whom they contract, difficult to say.

Is your work with a company which is on a Jan-Dec budget
cycle, in terms of labor costs ? Or is it more in the
Aug-Sep cycle, a la USGov?

Are your job skills mundane or more rarified ?

Lots of variables, but basically a 90-day temp job is
a 90-day temp job UNLESS the position might have carried
a 'temp to perm' flag – kind of rare these days, but
not so much when I was still in management prior to

Some skill sets can also dictate a probationary period,
but most of the time those won't be temp jobs.

Graycat Inactive Member25 Dec 2016 3:52 a.m. PST

Unfortunately, my current position with Ranstad has nothing to do with my professional skills, 30+ years as a wargame miniatures sculptor. My managerial skill is 'cat-herder' (head sculptor with Ral Partha and Area Manager with the local news paper). I really don't like cat herding much, they tend to bite and scratch and run under your feet to trip you (my 'cats' include David Summers, Sandy Garrity, Dennis Mize, and Jeff Wilhelm).

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